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Published in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine…Again!!!

IMG_4796 I am tickled and blessed to announce that I have been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine for the second time! My article is entitled “Bohemian Dreaming” on page 56 of the March 2016 issue.

IMG_4797Many thanks to Natalie Way, the editor of Belle Armoire at Stampington for the wonderful opportunities that she has given me and for the beautiful publication in which I have had the honor of being included.

Published Again!

IMG_3532I am excited and blessed to announce that one of my necklaces has been included in the December issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. It is in the Boutique section on page 114 with the instructions on page 123.

IMG_3561I am humbled and honored to be on the pages of a magazine that I have admired and loved since it first came out. Many thanks to Stampington and to Natalie Way, the managing editor for her help in making this possible.

I’ll let you in on a little news too…I have a piece that will be in the March issue also. Stay tuned for updates and check out your newsstand at the beginning of December or go to their website for your very own issue full of yummy creations from many other artists.

Ahhhhhhh…Studio Time

I love it when I get some uninterrupted time in my studio! So…today, after I made breakfast, picked the garden, mowed the yard and ate lunch, I got to escape to my creative space and get to work.

I had an order for 5 pairs of earrings of different colors so that was first on the list. They are all torch fired enamel in various shapes and colors and textures.

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Then I popped outside to water my flowers on the patio which were looking a little wilted, and then got back to work. My dress form mannequin had been needing a makeover for a long time and I had an idea for it when I was driving down the road yesterday. I took off the old fabric cover and covered it with vintage dress pattern tissue.

While waiting for her to dry, I was sorting through some of the polymer clay beads that I made recently, I noticed a good combination with a ceramic clay pendant that I had made a while back using one of my hand carved stamps. A good starting point for a new necklace.
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IMG_1621.JPGHere is my newly refreshed mannequin enjoying the flowers on the patio while modeling my newest creation.

Dreaming Of The Sea

I managed to sneak in a few hours at my workbench today. I had already painted these handmade clay elements, which inspired me to go with an ocean theme today. There is a starfish and a print of a piece of coral for texture. I had some yummy trade beads and turquoise and iridescent stone beads which blended nicely and gave that earthy feeling that I love.  

 

I had mister crab lying around for a while, so I decided to go with the same color scheme and feeling .   He is hollow and soldered onto a copper base, so he is much lighter than he looks. All of these creations are one of a kind.

 

Clay, Wire, and Beads

I finally got around to firing a whole batch of clay pendants and beads. Figuring out how to fire that kiln was a dilemma that had me puzzled for a long time. On my first attempt, I shot the breaker and shut down all of the plugs in my studio. It didn’t make it through an entire cycle so the pieces were too brittle. Then I moved it to the garage where there is sturdier wiring and SUCCESS! Phew!

Here are some of the necklaces that I have made with them. There are a few more already at Wall Candy Gallery in Columbia.

Also I made some tiny dangles to use for earrings.

I love the grungy look of the trade beads! Here are also some bracelets that I made using the trade beads that kind of match the necklaces and earrings. I can make these in many different color combinations if you are interested. Just send me a message. :-)

Courage

Well, this necklace is a little bold, but sometimes you just have to make a statement. A piece of re-purposed tin with an image of a cowboy and the Alamo are the central elements. It is cold connected with brass rivets to a piece of hand cut and hammered copper with the word “courage” stamped onto brass and riveted on top. The dangles are made of 22 cal. bullet shells. The back of the necklace is leather for a comfortable fit on your neck and it is long enough to slip over your head without a clasp. It also includes stone, wooden, and glass beads.

Yeee haaaa!

Don’t you need this for your rodeo attire?

Delicious Patina

This patina on brass inspired me to use some of my favorite colors combined to make this necklace. There are yummy trade beads, and torch fired enamel dangles, with a chain of glass beads and a vintage button and loop closure.

I also finally got around to making some earrings. These are the melded metal and the stamping that I learned in the Richard Salley workshop.

The ones below would be a perfect match with the necklace above…if you are into matching. :-)

 

Jingle Jangle Dangles

This is jewelry with motion and sound…just a little gentle tinkling as you move. More metal melding is combined with forged wire and elements fused into the pewter. The dangles are torch fired enamel.

A Brazilian Real

More Metal Melding (I love alliteration)

Sooo….I have these random bits and pieces around my studio that have been taking up space and have not had a permanent home…until now. A random link from an old bracelet, an earring element given to me by a friend, stashes of foreign coins from places that I have been and have not been. Now that I’ve discovered that I can meld and marry them with pewter, they have a place to live.

Once again taking something that may look new and shiny and combining it with other elements, aging them with fire and stamping and sanding…giving them a new identity…like a witness protection program…or something like that. Nothing too fidgety or perfect. Texture, color, personality.  Forgive my rambling. :-)

Thanks to Brittney for the color suggestions on the bottom necklace. It turned out nice.

More Patina

I’m still finding uses for my random relics that I bought from the interesting fellow who metal detects. Two birds on a fountain, riveted to a piece of copper with a green patina. The stones are malachite and carnelian and the brown beads are some of my crusty lampworked creations.

I handmade some of these clay beads and combined them with a large amazonite focal pendant and wood and bone beads. The clasp is a fired clay button that I made also. I’m thinking that these have a fall-ish feel to them and would lend a touch of nature to someone’s attire.

Metal Melding

 

I’ve been experimenting with some new techniques of melding different types of metal together so that they are visually separate, but joined as if one piece. I’ve combined copper, brass, pewter, African trading beads, stone and glass beads, and wood to make these ethnic style necklaces. Once again…no bling for me.

 

Creative Sparks

 

My recent class combined with my flea market finds have inspired some new pieces. The yellow turquoise set in a copper bezel is combined with some colorful beads for a summery look.

Stamps from my Richard Salley class have become earrings and also bracelets which are made with leather from a vintage satchel and vintage buckles. You can find these at Wall Candy Custom Framing and Gallery or Cliques Hair Salon in Columbia, TN or contact me directly.

 

Mrs. Hilsendegen

We pick up our story from the previous post by introducing you to Mrs. Nora Hilsendegen, wife of Deputy Roy Hilsendegen, patiently waiting and praying for her brave husband. Neighbors come running with the news that Roy has been shot in a gun battle. Her heart sinks, but she has faith. She lifts the hem of her skirt and runs to the doctor’s house and to her husband’s side. It is only a shoulder wound, the bullet exited through the back. He is a little weak from lost blood, but with a little cleaning and stitching he will be just fine. They are renewed in their resolve to cherish every moment together.

Ahhh…yes…it’s a sappy story. I never said I was a writer. I just make things. :-)

Wearing History

On one of my treasure hunting forays, I stopped at a shop that had attracted my attention for a couple of years, but I was always in such a hurry when I passed it. This day, I had time to spare so I gave into my curiosity and pulled in. At first, I perused the whole shop and didn’t really find anything promising. Then the owner asked me what I was looking for. I replied that I wanted small, rusty, aged things that most people would overlook. He showed me a tray of objects and said that he had found them over the years while he was metal detecting. Bingo! I dug through the objects for about half an hour and randomly asked him about the more interesting finds. One of them was this curious piece of metal with a name and a date. He said that he had found it in a creek next to a cave where a gun battle had taken place between some criminals who were hiding out in the cave and the sheriff and his deputies. He assumed that this had belonged to one of them.

I had kept this piece in my studio for about a year, wondering what to do with it. A couple of weeks ago I had bought a couple of very vintage jewel tintypes. One was a woman (you will see her in the next post) and one was a man. I was pondering how to use the man’s image. While lying in bed a couple of nights ago, it came to me! He was the deputy who lost his badge in the gun battle. The story was completing itself. Add a couple of bullets, a key for handcuffs, and a tiny gun and the story comes together.

So…meet Deputy Hilsendegen, wounded in the line of duty, but not mortally. The criminals were brought to justice and he was taken home, (after being patched up by the town doctor) to his loving wife…hmmm…the other photo in the next post.

To be continued…

 

A New Leaf

Felt, copper, canvas painted with oil paints, thread, glass beads, leather.

 

A Blaze Of Fall Colors

My newest torch fired enamel pieces, in shades of red, yellow, violet, and copper are available at Wall Candy Custom Framing and Gallery in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. Hand cut, pierced, hammered, and enameled elements, accented by colorful lampworked beads.

Faithful, Noble, Woman

     An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
(Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV)

A Little Bookish

Copper, 1948 newspaper, stamped leather

For the bibliophile in you.

Fibers Old and New

This is an assortment of bangles that I made using wire and silk sari fabric and beads. The other ones are leather and waxed linen and some old, weathered ball chain.

 

I unearthed an old quilt that was made by one of my relatives. Being of an unknown vintage and in tatters, I wasn’t sad to cut it into small pieces to use in some necklaces. The original fabrics for the construction were flour sacks. It is embellished with an appliqued heart and a hand stamped piece of copper and then I hammered a rectangle of copper to enclose it. Each one is strung with glass and wooden beads to complement the fabrics.

 

These will be for sale at the upcoming First Thursday Artisans Party at Wall Candy in Columbia, Tennessee on May 3 from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Blooms and Green

I tried a little something new. The cabochon on this necklace is a stamped, clay piece from my new clay experiments, as is the toggle clasp. The clay was painted after firing, but I think my next ones will be glazed before firing. I’m really having fun with the clay. This Sunday afternoon will be my first class to be taught at The Royal Brush in Columbia, Tennessee. I think I have one more slot to fill if you want to come and join us. You can contact them at:  931.223.5351.

I also wanted to show off my amaryllis blooms. This is the most that I have ever had at one time. I put some coffee grounds in the soil. I don’t know if that made a difference, but I’ll try that again. A little taste of spring inside.

New Blues

This is a new torch fired enameled copper “stone” with turquoise and glass beads.

Vintage brass drawer pull with torch fired enamel dangles and dyed mother of pearl beads.

Vistas

 

Acrylic on copper with resin, jade, carnelian, amazonite

I had a little paint left over after I finished a painting on canvas, so I decided to see how it would work on copper.  I was pleased with the results and will probably explore this technique some more.

This is the view from my deck. It may find its way into a piece of jewelry or painting soon too.

Spring Sights

It’s finally warm! Hallelujah! I was wondering if I would ever be able to put away my winter clothes.

I’m enjoying gardening and watching the antics of my chickens and all of the wildlife surrounding us. Outside of my bedroom window is frequently an interesting show.

One morning we watched some interesting turkey courtship. The next morning, I saw my cat Tilly running as fast as she could away from the forest toward the house. I looked up and there was a big bobcat right where she was coming from. Then it started walking toward the chicken house. Then it must have gotten spooked and went back into the forest. That was a little scary. It was the first bobcat I have seen out in the daylight in many years. I got a picture of the turkeys, but the bobcat slinked away before I could catch it on camera.

This was a very good week for sales. On Thursday, Silo Studio’s sale was a success, and on Sunday I had a trunk sale at my son and daughter-in-law’s house and it was the first one I have done. It was such fun! Thanks to all who came and helped! If any one would like for me to do a show at their house I would love to come. Just leave me a comment.


It’s Easy Being Green

I’ve been working up a storm getting ready for Studio Thursday at Silo Studios next week.

On the green theme, here are three of my new pieces for the show.

Heart of Tin
Stony Heart

The green stone heart was given to me by Steph. Thanks Steph!